Austin City Council passes transgender protections

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05/04/2024

Members of the Austin City Council voted Thursday afternoon to approve offering some protections to local transgender people seeking gender-affirming care, though it may lead to more pushback by Texas Republican lawmakers. By a vote of 10-1, the council passed a resolution introduced by Council Member Chito Vela, who represents District 4. The measure directs Austin police to make enforcement of Senate Bill 14, which bans certain treatment options for transgender minors in the state, as their lowest priority. Only Mackenzie Kelly of District 6 voted against it, saying she believed it may lead to a costly lawsuit from the state. Austin is now the first community in Texas to approve such a measure since SB 14 took effect in the state.

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